True leadership inspires everyone. It is crucial for any organization, regardless of its size or strength. The success of an organization largely depends on the quality of its leadership.

While there are numerous skills a leader needs for strategy, innovation, focus, and balancing interests, the TRUST factor is fundamental:

  • True to self
  • Respectful
  • Unassuming
  • Spirited
  • Thoughtful

These elements of trust are vital to leadership success. When any organization (for profit or otherwise) puts faith in its leadership, these elements are put to the test when the leader assumes responsibility. Trust is the only attribute which cannot be acquired by a leader through any structured learning process.

Each of these five elements have significance:

True to Self

This element signifies trust within one’s self. Great leaders believe in themselves first, and propagate truth in every action they take. This is a hard skill to possess, especially when one is dealing with conflict. Generally, people tend to admire the candidness of such a leader.


A great leader knows how to respect every individual. Respect within and among a team brings team cohesiveness, and great contributions from each member. A leader’s ability to respect their team improves trust and effectiveness. This helps to pave the way for creative solutions and innovative ideas.


Leaders need to be able to demonstrate simplicity  and authenticity in their demeanor.  People learn to have respect for a leader that considers themselves a member of the team, and not above the team. This helps to break barriers between the leader and the rest of the team.


This element demonstrates direction and self resolve. Authentic leaders consider taking risks. They are confident about success and are willing to learn from failure. There is always a first time for everything, and leaders need to encourage this to help the team move forward and progress


Great leaders put their own self interests away from their missions. They are attentive to goal achievement and the well being of their team, and find joy in such accomplishments.

These elements are interwoven and complement each other. If one element is weak or non-existent, the whole element of ‘TRUST’ can become shaky. When a leader finds a perfect balance of these elements, they become role models in their sphere.

How Does Trust Help Leaders?

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Ajay Kulkarni
Ajay is a HR Strategist & Talent Analyst.